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Grand final holiday to hit aged care sector

The Andrews Labor Government must explain to the aged care sector how it will help providers cope with the cost of the new AFL grand final public holiday.

Shadow Minister for Senior Victorians Tim Bull said aged care providers were facing a massive wages bill for that day, but the government was offering no help.

A Regulatory Impact Statement into the new grand final holiday, and the new Easter Sunday holiday, put the economic cost to Victoria at up to $898 million each year and wage payments of up to $286 million each year.

“It is time the government how it explained how it is going to remove the impact on a sector that cares for some of the most vulnerable in our community,” Mr Bull said

“Leading Age Services Australia has expressed major concerns over the severe cost impost the new holiday will place on aged care providers.

“In comparison with other states, Victoria how has more public holidays than New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the ACT.

“This was a populist commitment with it appears no real thought given to how it will impact on a range of industries.”